Back again after a short break.
News of strike days lost give a picture of slowly growing discontent on the shop floor. While strikes express the ultimate mood it would be interesting to investigate the amount of work place disputes that are resolved without industrial action taking place.
755,000 working days were lost through industrial disputes in 2006 — that is five times the figure for 2005 of 157,000 days, according to an annual analysis by the Office for National Statistics.
Stoppages — the figure stands at at 158 — was higher than the 116 for 2005, the lowest figure on record.
In 2006 713,300 workers were involved in labour disputes, nearly eight times the 2005 figure of 92,600.
All the facts are here at the Office for National Statistics website :
What conclusion would our Labour Party leaders draw from these statistics?